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Genoa

Genoa

Overlooking the Gulf of the Ligurian Sea and sheltered by the Ligurian Apennines, Genoa is a city to be discovered.

Genoa has the largest historical center in Europe and is a city in which to get lost. The famous “caruggi”, the itineraries of Fabrizio De Andrè, Spianata Castelletto with its majestic view of the city center and the Port of Genoa, Strada Nuova and the Palazzi dei Rolli, the Porto Antico restored by Renzo Piano, Boccadasse, Parco delle Mura and Righi. A fascinating labyrinth that is revealed through the game and the exploration of our Orienteering activities and other outdoor proposals. Thanks to numerous partnerships established with companies in the area – such as the Ostellin, The Hostel, Manena Hostel, Giardini Luzzati – we have support bases from which to develop activities in the city.

Chief town of Liguria, Genoa offers a wealth of surprising architectural and cultural heritage. With the largest historical center in Europe, the city also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage site with the Strada Nuova and the Palazzi dei Rolli.

Once a powerful maritime republic and home of Christopher Columbus, Genoa is also known as “La Superba”.

The Expo 1992, on the occurrence of the 500th anniversary of the colonization of the Americas by Christopher Columbus, was the occasion for a major restyling of the area of the old port – now known as Porto Antico – by the work of Renzo Piano and much of the historical center behind it. From this moment Genoa lives a flourishing period until 2004, when it is recognized as European City of Culture.

Nature rises in the city of Genoa! Thanks to the mild climate and the strategic position on the sea, but with the Apennines at its shoulders, Genoa boasts a rich and varied flora: botanical gardens and parks in the city center, Mediterranean vegetation on the coastal strip, green woods on the mountain highlands. Only in the city center, public parks occupy 82,000 square meters of land! If you want to relax in a green oasis, the ideal places are the Parks of Nervi, the Park of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, the Garden of Villa del Principe, the Botanical Garden, Villa Imperiale, Spianata dell’Acquasola, Villetta Di Negro and the park of Castello d’Albertis.

The Parco delle Mura and its Forts embrace the city from above: 617 hectares of hills between Val Bisagno and Val Polcevera ideal for hiking or mountain biking. The Parco delle Mura can also be reached by the spectacular train of Casella, which connects the city center to Casella, with spectacular views over the whole valley on a 25 km itinerary.

Genoa was founded in the 4th century BC and its name probably derives from the Latin “ianua” (door). Port of the Roman Empire before, Genoa then became a mercantile power. Occupied for centuries by different populations, the victory against the Republic of Venice in 1298 led Genoa to a period of rapid development, despite the many internal fractures caused by battles of the noble Genoese families – Spinola, Grimaldi, Doria and others.

Genoa reached its peak in the sixteenth century under the empire of Andrea Doria financing and benefiting from the Spanish explorations in America. This period of prosperity lasted until the seventeenth century attracting the attention of important artistic figures such as Rubens, Caravaggio and Van Dyck. Among the names that have made the history of Genoa there is also Galeazzo Alessi, an Italian architect who built many of the beautiful buildings of the city.

The Risorgimento was another flourishing period for Genoa: the city became one of the protagonists of the reunification of Italy with historical figures linked to the capital such as Giuseppe Mazzini, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Goffredo Mameli, author of the Italian national anthem.

 

Activities in Genoa